Firstly I would like to say thanks to everyone here for the information I got before we went....it was great to have a bit of an idea about things before we went - got some great tips!!
Day 1 -
We flew with Jetstar - up until this trip I had a "don't fly with Jetstar" rule but with a $500 difference in the flights then Jetstar it was.
We had no problems with Jetstar from the convenient online check in to the flight. We didn't prebook meals, we just had dinner at the airport before boarding then just bought some drinks and ate our snaks as it was a night flight, then had breakfast after arriving. Coming back we bought a lunch meal which was actually quite nice and some drinks - cost the 2 of us $30 - much better than the $120 to prebook!
We arrived at about 7.45 am and were picked up outside by John (Mark's cousin) from Hawaii23 in his taxi minivan and taken straight to our hotel. We stayed at the Ilikai hotel in a condo booked through WaikikiOceanfrontRentals. It was great to be able to get into our condo straight away and not wait until after lunch to check in as most hotels do. The condo was exactly as described and the views over the marina were fantastic! So we soaked in the view for a bit then headed out to IHop for some breakfast, pretty nice pancakes. On the way back to hotel we stopped and checked out the ABC shop and got a few groceries. We were both really tired so set our alarm and had a 2 hour nap.
In the afternoon we walked down the beach all the way to Dukes - we didn't really plan this, but when we saw it - I am like "oh that is Dukes...we have to go there"!!!
So we walked in got a table looking over the beach and enjoyed a fantastic meal and our first Hawaii sunset. The food was delicious, the Mocktails were delicious and the staff were so friendly.
We walked back to the hotel via the beach too......we loved being able to do this!